It’s long been known that sports and exercise boost more than just our metabolism: Studies have shown that playing sports prepares women for successful careers and exercise improves productivity, not to mention what it can do for sex, sleep and even relationships. But a new study showed yet another, even more surprising benefit (at least for runners): It turns out those who put on the miles are more financially conscious, too.
Behavior researchers at Boise State tracked the stats of female ultra-marathoners, finding that they had a strong orientation towards healthy lifestyles (shocker) and scored high on psychological coping (also: shocker). But they also seemed to be financially savvier than the average woman: Something that Runner’s World writer Amby Burfoot suspects might have to do with the similarity between running and basic economics:
Running is all about return on investment. We all know that running burns more calories/minute than just about anything else you can do. Likewise, we all have limited amounts of time, and we want to make our workouts as efficient as possible. I’d wager most runners have pondered this question: I’ve only got 30 minutes today, so what’s the best workout I can do?
That, or the cost of all those running shoes and race registrations forces them to do some hard-core budgeting.
How do you think sports and exercise helps you in the rest of your life?
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